The love of acoustic fingerstyle guitar brought Don Ablett and Brent Cooper together some years ago. With common influences such as Bruce Cockburn, John Fahey, and Stefan Grossman, they have developed a style that has thrilled fans young and old around Southern Ontario. Both have a strong history of performance, Brent through his former years touring with the rock band, Mankind, and Don through many years of coffee houses and festivals.
Two of the most outstanding features noted by audiences are Brent and Don’s vocal harmonies and the complex and spectacular fingerstyle interplay between the two guitars. They provide audiences of all ages with memorable instrumentals and songs with thought provoking lyrics. Some recent quotes clearly attest to their success:
“Your superb fingerstyle guitar and vocal harmonies are indeed a listening delight. The audience clearly enjoyed every piece you played and sang”.
Becky Ryder, Museums of Mississauga
“Don and Brent have a wonderful sound and the songs stay with you. I find myself singing them around the house and in the car.
Red Rover is destined to become a Canadian classic. The instrumental pieces are moving and evocative”.
Don and Brent are not satisfied to keep their music local. They love playing for audiences large and small. With encouragement from virtually every quarter, their plans include more radio play, magazine coverage and travel around the province.
Sharon’s career has included adult and children’s community choirs, concert and jazz band rehearsals, preschool music programs, conference workshops, research presentations, and a successful private music studio. She also has considerable performance experience as a church musician, as a solo pianist, and as the pianist for The Champagne Trio.
Sharon holds an A. Mus. in piano performance from Conservatory Canada, an ARCT in piano pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and a Doctorate degree in Holistic Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Tom Leighton on accordion, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps (Tom has been awarded the Cec McEachern Award as a diverse accompanist by CIUT FM).
Conrad Kipping on guitar, mandolins and violin
Paul Hampson has been performing and teaching in Canada and the US since 1994. A graduate of Western University, Paul has played venues ranging from small cafes to places such as Hamilton Place and the Rogers Centre.
Currently touring with the Aerosmith tribute Mama Kin, Paul is also scoring and producing a collection of CD’s for Hypnotech, a company helping people through hypnosis.
Listen to a sample of Paul Hampson’s music
Sally Campbell, Troubadour
Sally was given her first guitar when she was twelve and discovered an attraction for story in song, which grew into a lifelong passion. She has been writing and performing for more than 30 years and seeking to make a positive musical contribution, with the understanding that music has a powerful effect on the soul. She is an active member of the Brampton Folk Club, performing at community events and festivals. She was awarded a Bravo Award by the Brampton Arts Council in 2011-2012, for Outstanding Concert Performance (solo/small ensemble). She trained in Royal Conservatory piano instruction and Vocal training from Joyce Britton of the Austin Opera Company.
Strongly influenced by the Singer/Songwriters of the ’60s and ‘70s, Sally’s experience with small group performance, concert presentations, special music for church, camps and conference presentations have been opportunities to hone performance skill and an understanding of “knowing one’s audience”.
Her newest project involves weaving story with themed musical presentation. Current available themes in this format are Traveler: The journey of life and growth (folk based presentation) and Abiding: Reflections on spiritual strength (faith based presentation).
Sally is currently the Contemporary Worship Director at Christ Church in Brampton.